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Charges dismissed against alleged getaway driver

LOCKPORT – Charges were dismissed Tuesday in Niagara County Court against a Buffalo man who had been charged as the getaway driver in a holdup in a Niagara Falls 7-Eleven store holdup.

Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Caldwell said that after DNA testing, authorities they found no evidence of Albert D. Richardson’s DNA in the vehicle and Niagara County Court Judge Matthew J. Murphy III agreed to dismiss the charges.

Richardson, 32, of 16th Street, was one of three Buffalo men indicted in the Jan. 25 holdup of the Niagara Falls convenience store.

Daniel E. Rivera, 20, of Meech Street, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count each of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and false personation on March 23. Micah T. Watson, 22, of Northampton Street, pleaded guilty on Aug. 13 to attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and was promised a sentence of no more than six years when he returns on Oct. 22 for sentencing. Richardson had been indicted, but not arraigned.

Police said Watson entered the 7-Eleven store on Niagara Avenue and pointed a handgun at the clerk, demanding money. But the clerk saw a bullet jammed in the gun and told the robber to leave.

State Police stopped the getaway car a short time after the robbery. The car was searched and two handguns were found concealed in the back seat upholstery.

“Choose your friends better,” said Murphy as Richardson left the court in tears after Tuesday’s outcome.